West Martello Tower
The West Martello Tower, located at Higgs Beach by the White Street Pier, is one of three remaining Civil War-era structures on the island, the other two being Fort Zachary and East Martello Tower. Your group can visit this tower on your own or with a local tour company such as Old Town Trolley Tours.
West Martello Tower was completed in 1862. The structure was never actually used in battle but was used in various exercises such as target practice regularly. In 1878 it was used for storage and for quartering troops during the Spanish American War, and during WWII it was utilized as an anti-aircraft battery and radio station. A tour of the fort will show you the vaulted ceilings, gun mounts, and onsite conservatory.
Today this is also the site of the Key West Garden Club, which is considered to be the 'secluded Eden of Key West'. It is one of the last remaining free attractions in Key West and is highly popular for weddings, the grounds covered in native and exotic trees such as orchids and bromeliads. Visit the Joe Allen Garden Center, the Main Courtyard, and the water lily pond and waterfall. If you work up an appetite be sure to stop at the nearby Salute! On The Beach eatery, serving up fresh seafood daily.